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Found no objection to list Azhar after studying revised materials: China

02 May 2019

India and its ally had accused Masood Azhar of involvement in Pulwama attack.

The US welcomed the listing of Azhar and sought "sustained actions" from Pakistan against terrorism, consistent with its global obligations.

Asked about the outcome of Khan's visit and his talks with the Chinese leaders, Geng said, "I would like to stress that Pakistan is China's "All Weather Strategic Cooperative Partner".

Though China can exercise its veto power as a permanent member of the UNSC, Beijing has staunchly opposed the issue to be taken to the apex United Nations body as it has to publicly explain its stand on its reservations to list Azhar, whose group JeM has already been designated as terror outfit by United Nations, before exercising its veto.

The latest outrageous action by the outfit was in Pulwama on February 14, when a suicide bomber of JeM rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a CRPF convoy on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, killing 40 security personnel. He also thanked the nations who stood by India in its battle against terrorism.

The spokesman said Pakistan maintained that terrorism was a menace to the world.

Though China can exercise its veto power as a permanent member of the UNSC, Beijing has staunchly opposed the issue to be taken to the apex United Nations body as it has to publicly explain its stand on its reservations to list Azhar, whose group JeM has already been designated as terror outfit by United Nations, before exercising its veto.

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Sources said the US, UK and France had been working hard to step up pressure on Beijing by taking the issue directly to the powerful UN Security Council. "China will continue to firmly support Pakistan's efforts to fight terrorism and extremist forces", Geng added, without elaborating. After Pakistan's objection, the U.S. took it to the UN Security Council. China has accused the USA of scuttling the progress to resolve the issue by taking it to the UNSC and insisted that it should be resolved at the 1267 Committee.

The listing of Azhar means that travel and an arms embargo will be imposed on him which means he cannot travel outside Pakistan nor can he buy weapons.

India's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin tweeted the development and thanked member nations for their support.

After further negotiations, they instead submitted a new request to the committee on Sunday to sanction Azhar, which was agreed on Wednesday. "The goal was set out 10 years ago", he said. In 2009, India moved a proposal by itself to designate Azhar. It was a lone proposer back then. But the move was was blocked by China. The year 2017 saw the USA, the United Kingdom and France moving the proposal but China blocked the move again. "Masood Azhar is now a global terrorist". The proposal was moved US, UK, France and co-sponsored by Australia, Bangladesh, Italy and Japan.

The committee on the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda announced in a press release the designation of Azhar over his organisation's ties to Al-Qaeda.

Currently, a text has been circulated among all members of the European Union for listing of Azhar as a terrorist under EU jurisdiction.

Azhar's JeM is responsible for Parliament, 2016 Pathankot and 2019 Pulwama attacks. "This marks a high point for the Prime Minister's foreign policy", he said.

Found no objection to list Azhar after studying revised materials: China